John LaBerge is a true Renaissance man. A gym rat in his youth, he worked professionally in social services and played music on Venice Beach, Calif., later in life. Today he is the chief operating officer at Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie, an ethereal corner shop in downtown Vancouver, where he greets visitors with an invitation to leisurely enjoy the colorful and aromatic wares. Sometimes customers come in seeking potions to help them work through a personal problem, LaBerge says. “We can help them create an aura or a mood with scent, and can help them present themselves in a certain way — for a job or for a date, or help raise their self-esteem. But we remind them that we are simply perfumers who make things for enjoyment, mixing the centuries-old art of perfuming with regard to the folklore surrounding each ingredient, with the cutting-edge science of pheromones.”Name: John LaBerge.Neighborhood: Esther Short.Business name: Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie, 703 Main St., 360-695-3965, www.LovePotionStore.com and on Facebook.Age: 50.Background: I was born in Longview and raised in Puyallup. I grew up with three brothers and three sisters and we were always competing with each other in sports. My brother Luke and I played college basketball. He played at Green River Community College and I played for Lower Columbia College in Longview. I graduated from University of Washington in psychology and music. I worked with the ARC of Cowlitz Valley, and also for the Department of Children & Family Services in Kelso and in Arizona as a child protection services investigator.How and when you got started in your business: I have always been a performer, acting and singing. I became friends with the owner of Love Potion, Mara Fox, in 1992 when we met on Venice Beach, Calif., and began recording music together. She played guitar and sang with the all-girls rock group Precious Metal. (You can still catch some of their stuff on YouTube.)About 15 years and several jobs later, we met up again and decided to work together on her online perfume business called Love Potion Perfumes. This field was something very different from anything else I had done in my life to this point. It was exciting because I now got to be a part of a company helping people feel good, smell great and aiding them in creating or maintaining their relationships. People were so happy with our incredible scents, it really gave me a good feeling to be a part of it.